MTV Video Music Awards 2019

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The MTV Video Music Awards took place on August 26, 2019, at the Prudential Center in Newark. This was the first VMA ceremony that was held in the city of New Jersey with Sebastian Maniscalco hosting for the 36th annual ceremony. The opening act started with Taylor Swifts performance of ”Lover” and “You Need To Calm Down,” both released on her new album “Lover”. She ended up winning video of the year award along with video for good and best visual effects.

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Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift were the most awarded with three awards each. Missy Elliot made an awesome performance with 8 of her songs and became the first female rap artist to achieve the Michael Jackson Video Vangaurd Award. Billie Eilish won three awards, but she unfortunately could not go due to being on tour in Russia. The Jonas Brothers were extremely thrilled to perform their new songs “Sucker” and “Only Human” then got to win their first VMA award for best pop, What an amazing welcoming back into the music industry! Ariana Grande walked off with artist of the year, best art direction and song of the summer. The performances from all the performing artists blew the crowd away.The award show ended with everyone coming together and Naughty By Nature finished it out with “Hip Hop Hooray”.

 

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Video of the Year

  • 21 Savage (featuring J. Cole) – “A Lot”
  • Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
  •  Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”
  •  Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”
  •  Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
  •  Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road (Remix)”

Artist of the Year

  • Cardi B
  • Billie
  • Halsey
  • Ariana Grande
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Shawn Mendes

Song of the Year

  • Drake – “In My Feelings”
  •  Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”
  • Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
  • Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
  • Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Group

  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Backstreet Boys
  • BLACKPINK
  • BTS
  • CNCO
  • Jonas Brothers
  • PRETTYMUCH
  • Why Don’t We

Best New Artist

  • H.E.R
  • Lil Nas X
  • Billie Eilish
  • Lizzo
  • Ava Max
  • Rosalia

Best Collaboration

  • BTS (featuring Halsey) – “Boy with Luv”
  • Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow”
  • Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
  • Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – “Senorita”
  • Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”
  • Taylor Swift (featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco) – “Me!”

Push Artist of the Year

  • Bazzi
  • CNCO
  • H.E.R
  • Billie Eilish
  • Lauv
  • Lizzo

Best Bop

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – “Easier”
  •  Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
  • Cardi B and Bruno Mars – “Please Me”
  • Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
  • Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”
  • Khalid – “Talk”
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Hip Hop

  • 2 Chainz (featuring Ariana Grande) – “Rule the World”
  • 21 Savage (featuring J. Cole) – “A Lot”
  • DJ Khalid (featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend) – “Higher”
  • Cardi B – “Money”
  • Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
  • Travis Scott (featuring Drake) – “Sicko Mode”

Best R&B

  • Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”
  • H.E.R (featuring Bryson Tiller) – “Could’ve Been”
  • Normani (featuring 6lack) – “Waves”
  • Alicia Keys – “Raise a Man”
  • Ella Mai – “Trip”
  • Anderson .Paak (featuring Smokey Robinson) – “Make It Better”

Best K-Pop

  • BLACKPINK – “Kill This Love”
  • Exo – “Tempo
  • Monsta X (featuring French Montana) – “Who Do You Love?”
  • BTS (featuring Halsey) – “Boy with Luv”
  • NCT 127 – “Regular
  • TXT – “Cat & Dog”

Best Latin

  • Anuel AA and Karol G – “Secreto”
  • Bad Bunny (featuring Drake) – “Mia”
  • Benny Blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez and J Balvin – “I Can’t Get Enough”
  • Rosalia and J Balvin (featuring El Guincho) -“Conaltura”
  • Daddy Yankee (featuring Snow) – “Con Calma”
  • Maluma – “Mala Mia”

Best Dance

  • Clean Bandit (featuring Demi Lovato) – “Solo”
  • The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”
  • DJ Snake (featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B) – “Taki Taki”
  • David Guetta, Bebe Rexha and J Balvin – “Say My Name”
  • Marshmello and Bastille – “Happier”
  • Silk City and Dua Lipa – “Electricity”

Best Rock

  • The 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”
  • Fall Out Boy – “Bishops Knife Trick”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Natural”
  • Lenny Kravitz – “Low”
  • Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
  • Twenty One Pilots – “My Blood”

Video for Good

  • Jamie N Commons and Skylar Grey (featuring Gallant) – “Runaway Train”
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”
  • Halsey – “Nightmare”
  • The Killers – “Land of the Free”
  • John Legend – “Preach”
  • Lil Dicky – “Earth”

Best Direction

  • Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” (Director: Dave Meyers)
  • FKA Twigs – “Cellophane” (Director: Andrew Thomas Huang)
  • Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next” (Director: Hannah Lux Davis)
  • LSD – “No New Friends” (Director: Dano Cerny)
  • Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Director: Calmatic)
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” (Director: Taylor Swift and Drew Kirsch)

Best Visual Effects

  • DJ Khalid (featuring SZA) – “Just Us” (Visual Effects: GloriaFX, Sergii Mashevskyi and Anatolii Kuzmytskyi)
  • Billie Eilish – “When The Party’s Over” (Visual Effects: Bryan Fugal of Centralfugal Productions, Ryan Ross and Andres Jaramillo)
  • Taylor Swift (featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco) – “Me!” (Visual Effects: Loris Paillier and Lucas Salton for BUF VFX)
  • FKA Twigs – “Cellophane” (Visual Effects: Analog)
  • Ariana Grande – “God Is a Woman” (Visual Effects: Fabrice Lagayette at Mathematic)
  • LSD – “No New Friends” (Visual Effects: Ethan Chancer)

Best Editing

  • Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” (Editor: Hannah Lux Davis and Taylor Walsh)
  • Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road (Remix)”
  • Anderson .Paak (featuring Kendrick Lamar) – “Tints” (Editor: Vinnie Hobbs)
  • Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy” (Editor: Billie Eilish)
  • Solange – “Almeda” (Editors: Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs and Jonathon Proctor)
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” (Editor: Jarrett Fijal)

Best Art Direction

  • BTS (featuring Halsey) – “Boy with Luv” (Art Directors: JinSil Park and BoNa Kim (MU:E))
  • Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (Art Director: Christian Zollenkopf for Prettybird)
  • Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello – “Senorita” (Art Director: Tatiana Van Sauter)
  • Ariana Grande – “7 Rings” (Art Director: John Richoux)
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down” (Art Director: Brittany Porter)
  • Kanye West and Lil Pump (featuring Adele Givens) – “I Love It” (Art Director: Tino Schaedler)

Best Choreography

  • BTS (featuring Halsey) – “Boy with Luv” (Choreographers: Son Sungdeuk and Quick Crew)
  • FKA Twigs – “Cellophane” (Choreographer: Kelly Yvonne)
  • LSD – “No New Friends” (Choreographer: Ryan Heffington)
  • Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – “Senorita” (Choreographer: Calvit Hodge)
  • Rosalia and J Balvin (featuring El Guincho) – “Con altura” (Choreographer: Charm La’Donna)
  • Solange- “Almeda” (Choreographers: Maya Taylor and Solange Knowles)

Best Cinematography 

  • Billie Eilish – “Hostage” (Director of Photography: Pau Castejon)
  • Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – “Senorita” (Director of Photography: Scott Cunningham)
  • Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next” (Director of Photography: Christopher Probst)
  • Anderson .Paak (featuring Kendrick Lamar) – “Tints” (Director of Photography: Elias Talbot)
  • Solange – “Almeda” (Directors of Photography: Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant and Justin Hamilton)
  • Taylor Swift (featuring: Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco) – “Me!” (Director of Photography: Starr Whitesides)

Best Power Anthem

  • Miley Cyrus – “Mothers Daughter”
  • DJ Khalid (featuring Cardi B and 21 Savage) – “Wish Wish”
  • Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”
  • Halsey – “Nightmare”
  • Megan Thee Stallion (featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign) – “Hot Girl Summer”
  • Lizzo (featuring Missy Elliott) – “Tempo”
  • Maren Morris – “GIRL”
  • Taylor Swift – “You Need to Calm Down”

Song of Summer

  • The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”
  • Miley Cyrus – “Mothers Daughter”
  • DaBaby – “Suge”
  • Billie Eilish – “Bad Guy”
  • Jonas Brothers – Sucker”
  • Khalid  – “Talk”
  • Lil Nas X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) “Old Time Road (Remix)”
  • Ariana Grande and Social House – “Boyfriend”
  • Lil Tecca – “Ransom”
  • Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”
  • Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – “Senorita”
  • Post Malone (featuring Young Thug) – “Goodbyes”
  • Rosalia and J Balvin (featuring El Guincho) – “Con altura”
  • Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”
  • Taylor Swift -“You Need to Calm Down”
  • Young Thug (featuring J. Cole and Travis Scott) – “The London”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

  • Missy Elliott

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MTV Fashion Trailblazer Award

  • Marc Jacobs

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